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Recent updates! – Tobacco 21 Progress – Michigan Statewide Bill Tracker
Michigan currently has an above average rate of high school smoking and adult smoking, when compared to national rates. These rates will result in an estimated 213,000 deaths of children now under 18 due to smoking, with 5,200 children becoming daily smokers every year. Despite $4.59 billion in health care costs due to smoking and $4.78 billion in lost productivity, the state only spends 4.5% of the CDC recommended amount on tobacco prevention, one of the lowest percentages in the country.
Although counter to the Michigan AG’s opinion, through our legal analysis, there is no preemption language present in state law keeping localities from raising the Minimum Legal Sales Age (MLSA) to 21; local governments are free to enact ordinances to better protect their kids from addiction. It has been our experience that the most powerful incentive for the state legislature to act is the initiative of local citizens and governmental leaders. Statewide, California, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Maine, and Massachusetts’ laws all began at the local level where powerful tobacco industry lobbyists have little sway.Constituents are an impetus for change at the community and statewide levels.